Local disaster plans in place for Sebastian, Crawford counties

Both counties have storm shelters for use in the event of natural disasters. Jeff Turner, the assistant Sebastian County administrator for public safety, said there are about 28 storm shelters in the county.

By Thomas Saccente
Times Record

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, local officials discussed how prepared their respective counties would be in handling a disaster of that caliber.

Sebastian County Judge David Hudson said disaster preparation is part of the responsibility of the county judge’s office department of emergency management working under the oversight of the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management. The county is responsible for having and maintaining an emergency operations plan, which includes an assessment of county assets and any potential losses that could happen as a result of natural disasters. It also includes how the county would respond to various types of disasters, such as flooding, tornadoes or other occurrences.

″... So that is built into our operations,” Hudson said. ”... For each county judge, it’s an important duty and responsibility and we rely on our ... emergency management staffs, and the County Judges’ Association (of Arkansas) also receives periodic training and makes it a point to stay in touch with emergency management.” Read more.

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